SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers agreed to acquire quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick this year and a conditional pick next season, apparently finding a capable backup for Colin Kaepernick.
Gabbert started the first three games for Jacksonville last season before being benched in favor of Chad Henne.
The 24-year-old Gabbert was the 10th overall draft pick in 2011 out of Missouri. He has thrown for 22 touchdowns in three NFL seasons, completing 414 of 777 passes for 4,357 yards in 28 games and 27 starts.
"We thought highly of Blaine as an early entry into the 2011 NFL draft," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "He is a high-character individual that will be given every opportunity to develop within our system and we are looking forward to working with him."
Gabbert became expendable when Jacksonville re-signed Henne to a two-year, $8 million deal and named him the starter. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell hopes to add another quarterback in May's draft.
"When we signed Chad, we made a commitment to give him a starting position and build around him," Caldwell said. "We felt like he was going to be a starter and there is a possibility we would draft a young quarterback in the draft somewhere along the line and he would come in and be the backup and learn behind Chad. That left Blaine to compete for that, and I just felt like it was a good opportunity for us to move on and possibility get a draft pick for someone who can come in and help us this year instead of a backup quarterback."
The 49ers said the deal would be complete once Gabbert passes a physical.